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Short Term Programmes
We are delighted to welcome you to Burgundy School of Business
Burgundy School of Business pays particular attention to the development of contacts with international universities and other higher education bodies, and is pleased to host your group for a short term program this summer.
Enjoy the French way of life in a beautiful location. Dijon, as the capital of Burgundy, has a very special cultural heritage.
It is one of the best preserved historic centres with beautiful architecture.
Moreover it is a famous town thanks to its gastronomic specialities and wines.
We welcome you to Dijon and wish you a pleasant stay
Table of contents
Life in Dijon P. 4
French Culture Tips P. 5
Useful Information P. 8
Emergency services P. 8
Medical information P. 8
Practical addresses P. 11
Practical information P. 15
Public transportation P. 17
Cafeterias P. 18
General Information P. 19
Religious services P. 19
Entertainment P. 20
Culture P. 23
Sport activities P. 24
Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne Burgundy School of Business P. 25
French Computer Keyboard Tips P. 27
Helpful Phrases P. 28
Vocabulary P. 30
Useful Links P. 31
LIFE IN DIJON
Burgundy School of Business is located on a campus just a few minutes' walk from the centre of Dijon. One of the best preserved historic centres in France, Dijon artfully combines tradition and modernity, and is ranked the second most desirable town in France in terms of quality of life. A city open to the world: Dijon, a university and business centre, is the capital of the Burgundy region. It is situated in the very heart of Europe. Its picturesque and bustling pedestrian streets, flourishing trade, beautiful parks and gardens, all contribute to the town's lively and warm atmosphere. A historical city: Wandering through the streets of Dijon is like a stroll through centuries of history. From the 12th century to the end of the 15th century, the Dukes of Burgundy bequeathed artistic and architectural treasures to the town, treasures that bear witness to the Dukes' prestige. The centre of Dijon, France's third largest historical area of national heritage, covers an area of over 100 hectares (more than 250 acres) of churches built between medieval times and the present day, stately town houses dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and medieval half-timbered houses. A cultural city: Between visits and breaks to savour gastronomic delights in Dijon, discover a thousand other pleasures - theatre, concerts, opera, cinema, the annual wine festival, the many summer musical and cultural events; visit Dijon's seven museums, numerous art galleries and exhibition halls.
A business city: Dijon's enviable situation in the heart of the European communications network, with a first rate air, motorway and rail transport system, means that many internationally orientated companies have chosen to settle in Burgundy. These companies have a privileged relationship with Burgundy School of Business, offering many opportunities for exchanging professional advice and work experience with our students. The wine trade, the pharmaceutical and the food-processing industries are specifically represented. Listed are some industrial companies based in Burgundy: Alstom, Michelin, Pirelli, Schlumberger, Schneider, Seb, Sundyne, Tetra Pak, Valeo.
Climate: Dijon has a continental climate. The winters are cold and the summers warm and sunny. The wettest weather is in May, which has an average of 86 mm (3.3 in) of
rainfall. July and August are the hottest months (average 25C). From September to October, the average temperature begins to drop from 17C-7C.
FRENCH CULTURE TIPS
French is spoken with a different accent in different parts of France. French people may not always be tolerant of poor grammar but be prepared to hear many colloquial expressions and 'franglais' (a mixture of French and English). As the French tend to expect perfection in the command of language, they also tend to be very reluctant to speak foreign languages because they are self-conscious about making mistakes.
This is an art and a tradition in France, a country where schoolchildren are taught to reason and analyse a topic from different points of view. Students' conversations centre on general topics of social and cultural interests, politics but seldom on the weather or money. When speaking, French people interrupt each other continually and argue intensely even about mere details. Intelligent disagreement is often a pleasure of French conversation. Critics say the French prefer discussion to action. You may find that out. Funnily enough, the French use "talkie walkies" and not "walkie talkies", probably because it's more important for them to talk than to walk.
The caf is one of the best-known symbols of the French way of life. It is more than a place to drink, it's also a meeting place for students, friends and acquaintances. You can socialize; debate current affairs or any range of topics or simply watch the world go by.
Meals are important in every region in France, and you will often find 'produits du terroir'. This means the local specialities. There are no doggie bags, or leftovers, from restaurants! Some local specialties are poached eggs in red wine sauce, ham with parsley, and snails. Always wait until everyone at the table is served prior to starting your own meal.
French humour is keeping with the image of France and tends to be 'intellectual'. The French usually appreciate "esprit" (wit), and witty anecdotes with plays on words. But they also enjoy caricature and farce, "la BD" (Comic strips) like Tintin, Lucky Luke or Astrix as well as political satire.
It's accepted behaviour to be a little late for appointments. You may hear the expression "Le quart d'heure dijonnais". That's the 15 minute delay the French allow themselves. For example, in Lyon you have "Le quart d'heure lyonnais" and in Toulouse you have "Le quart d'heure toulousain" Doctors are often late but hairdressers and dentists are usually on time and teachers are also supposed to be very punctual so do not turn up late to class or you may be denied entry!
French queues at a bus stop or at the theatre are often disorderly affairs and the French are known to be great queue jumpers.
Beware: most shops are closed between 12.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. Lunch time is sacred in France! Shops are also closed on Sundays. Spending Sunday with one's family is also sacred.
Politeness and directness The French are generally very sociable. One's "merci" is often acknowledged with "je vous en prie" or "de rien". Before eating together, people say "Bon apptit" to each other. Passing ahead of another person is excused with a "pardon". But people in France are often indirect because they are afraid of hurting others' feelings. Therefore they don't often speak their mind. Formality When you are speaking to older people or people you don't know you should say: "Bonjour Monsieur" or "Bonjour Madame" and please use the "vous"-form. "Au revoir Monsieur/ Madame", "Merci Monsieur/ Madame" are magic words in France. Be prepared to answer the questions: "Comment a va?" or "Vous allez bien?" Friendship The French make a clear distinction between friends (amis, amies) and acquaintances (connaissances). It takes a while to be accepted as a friend in France. A casual relationship develops into friendship after a certain time. Friends expect loyalty and sincerity from each other. Greetings and farewells The formal etiquette of shaking hands or kissing family members on both cheeks ("la bise") when meeting or saying goodbye remains a core tradition. Friends who use the informal "salut" as the accompanying greeting or farewell will shake hands or offer "la bise". It is polite to say "Bonjour" when entering a shop and "Au revoir" when exiting.
If you make friends with French students, expect to kiss on both cheeks when meeting and saying goodbye. When leaving, if there is a big group of you, make sure you leave enough time to kiss everyone!
The French College System
French higher education is characterised by the coexistence of two systems: the Universities and the Grandes Ecoles. Over the years, the Grandes Ecoles have proven their efficiency and adaptability in training engineers and managers for business.
The Grandes Ecoles are small to medium-sized institutions which have solid financial and administrative backing, are highly selective, provide high-quality education and maintain close ties with the corporate world. The degrees awarded by the Grandes Ecoles have the same status as public university degrees and are monitored by the French Ministry of Education. However, they reflect an education based on two imperatives: the careful selection of applicants, through a highly competitive entrance examination after two years of higher education, and the training of those students to reach an